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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Dec 13, 2007 12:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: best pre-May 77 shows?

also excluding 2/26 for that matter what are the best shows between February and April 77?

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Dec 13, 2007 5:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best pre-May 77 shows?

I nominate this soundboard with audience patches played on April 23, 1977 at Springfield Civic Center. http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-04-23.sbd.jerugim.1827.sbefail.shnf
To me, this is an early '77 gem. Simply delicious renditions of Sugaree, Loser, Scarlet Fire, Help Slip Frank. Keith on piano synth and organ, Jerry and Phil just on. Donna and Bobby very cool too. Don't believe me, see the reviews.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 13, 2007 5:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best pre-May 77 shows?

Try 3/19/77 Winterland WHY AINT IT HERE?

1st set closes: Terrapin> Playin> Samson> Playin

2nd set opens: Eyes> Dancin> Wharf Rat> Franklins> Sugar Mag

A top ten for '77

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 13, 2007 6:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best pre-May 77 shows?

The night before is none too shabby either - sweet Half-Step, Sugaree and Peggy-O in the first set; Terrapin and the one and only Alhambra plus NFA/St Stephen in the second set - and guess what? It isn't here either. What gives with that?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 13, 2007 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best pre-May 77 shows?

Ha--probably because I was there! Actually, this run is one I am not sure of...all I know is that I went to one or two around this time at Winterland. Liked the 75 shows a bit better, but 77 was good, and fall of 78 was even better. At least that is how I remember it. Sometime I have to figure out the shows I went to during 76-78 at Winterland and check out the sets, sound, etc., here at LMA or wherever to see what I think of them now with all my early era biases.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 13, 2007 2:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best pre-May 77 shows?

I second Jerrob's nomination of 4/23/77. Unreal Scarlet>Fire AND a killer Help>Slip>Frank all in the same show. Great Bertha and other tunes as well. Crowd ripped and roaring. An amazing show overshadowed by the best single month/year in the band's histoy that followed.

Honorable mention to 3/20/77. Contains what is possibly the best stand-alone SCARLET ever played.